This year's rankings and write-ups for the 2021 IAM Patent 1000 are here! Once again, we have achieved excellent results and congratulations to all those who have been listed.
Below are some quotes and comments recognising our broader team across the Rouse Network.
Ranked – no narrative
Cambodia (own chapter first time this year)
Rouse opened its Phnom Penh office four years ago in response to increasing demand. South Korea and Cambodia-educated Sreymom Mao offers on-the ground advice. Backed by the Thailand and Vietnam teams and boasting more than 20 years of Cambodian IP experience, she has assisted numerous Japanese, Singaporean, European and North American clients seeking to acquire Cambodian patents and protect their rights. The group is also proficient at technical translation, a highly sought-after skill in the region.
In 1993, Rouse became the first global IP firm to set up an office in China. It now has a strong presence across the country, with offices in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Shenzhen. The side has traditionally catered to a largely international clientele, but in recent years the team of 20 has been strengthening its domestic client base, which now includes numerous high-tech companies. Together with Lusheng Law Firm, Rouse provides the full gamut of IP services, including prosecution, litigation and transactions. Ling Jin is favoured by large international corporations for her nuanced IP portfolio analyses and multi-jurisdicitonal patent landscape searches. A relentless litigator, Sharon Qiao has over 20 years of experience in intellectual property. She tackles complex contentious issues, most recently one for Hansgrohe SE which was selected among the top 10 IP cases of 2019 by courts in China's commercially important Zhejiang province.
Sharon Qiao – Litigation
Jin Ling – Transactions
At Rouse's Jakarta outpost sits "a well-established firm with years of experience in patent prosecution and litigation". Praised by service users for "offering customer-oriented services as well as giving appropriate advice and work based on their knowledge of technology, patent law and examination standards", the outfit has earned the trust of multinational corporations for their comprehensive patent capabilities. As testament to that, Halliburton Energy Service recently handed over its Indonesian patent portfolio to the group of 16 IP consultants. Aside from captaining the patent department, Arifia Fajra prosecutes patents for the likes of British American Tobacco and tends to the needs of Unilever with global enforcement head Nicholas Redfearn. A favourite among Japanese companies, Lisa Yong garners high praise. "She acts in our best possible interest all the time, taking our requests seriously to provide win-win solutions. We also highly appreciate her frequent visits to our office to resolve obstacles that exist and presentations on a wide variety of IP topics." A registered foreign lawyer who actively works with the Directorate General of Intellectual Property to provide feedback on examination guidelines, Kin Wah Chow rounds off the set.
Kin Wah Chow
Philippines – Gold Tier
Size belies strength; with a team of just six patent lawyers and paralegals, Baranda & Associates is a force to be reckoned with. "Their creative mix of lawyers and technical personnel allow them to render quality IP service to their clients, as well as reliable, efficient and practical advice on IP protection matters." The Manila branch of IP consultancy Rouse powers through patent prosecution matters, although recently it has been particularly busy advising on freedom-to-operate searches. Vouched by peers – "he understands patents and he's really nice; we truly respect him" – Edmund Baranda is the only highly recommended individual in the Philippines chapter. A specialist in molecular biology and biotechnology, he is well versed in patent drafting and infringement actions in the pharmaceutical field.
EJ Baranda – Highly Recommended
Thailand – Silver Tier
Rouse's Thailand office provides the full gamut of patent services based on decades of experience in Asia. Operating out of Bangkok, Manoon Changchumni is a trusted advisor on contentious matters. He is supported by Fabrice Mattei, who is no stranger to complex litigation. He has been in charge of several landmark cases before the Thai Central Intellectual Property and International Trade Court (IP&IT court) as well as the Supreme Court.
United Arab Emirates
"The attention to detail and personal touch that clients receive from Rouse make the firm stand out from its competitors." Its commitment to excellence is apparent in every brief it takes on and its internal infrastructure is designed to help realise the ambitions of corporations looking to cement their position throughout the region. "One of the top patent experts in the Middle East and an exceptional strategist", Sara Holder takes the reins of the patent and technology division. Qualified in New Zealand and armed with a degree in biochemistry, Holder provides sage advice that is both technically brilliant and commercially on-point to several household names. For cutting-edge players across the industry spectrum, Paul Muscat has got all bases covered; he has a knack for understanding complex technologies and guides clients effortlessly through tricky practicalities.
Sara Holder – Highly recommended
Vietnam – Silver Tier
With a long history of operating in the ASEAN region, Rouse is a popular choice with prominent multinationals in need of patent services. "They have the skill and experience required" to tackle intricate cases and "achieve great results, going through a lot of effort for their clients". The multilingual team produces quality technical translations – something that is sure to appeal to key patent owners. Overseeing the practice is Yen Vu, whose international exposure and broad IP knowledge ensure that she is perfectly equipped to develop sophisticated IP protection strategies for global corporations. Chemical engineer Dung Vu's strengths lie in the chemical and pharmaceutical fields, although she can be relied on to prosecute patents in any industry with ease. She is also frequently involved in handling infringement matters.